About Local 986
Chartered in 1948, Local 986 grew steadily during the post-World War II industrial expansion of Southern California. Under the dynamic leadership of M.E. “Andy” Anderson, Michael J. Riley and John F. Harren, the Local organized a wide variety of job classifications from parking lot attendants to airline pilots. For decades, this local union has been at the forefront of organizing new members and has assisted other local unions with their organizing campaigns. This dynamic growth and superior representation was noticed by other Locals who asked to merge into 986 in order to seek common goals and expanded opportunities.
ABOUT THE TEAMSTERS
The Teamsters Union is North America's strongest and most diverse labor union. In 1903, the Teamsters started as a merger of the two leading team driver associations. These drivers were the backbone of America’s robust economic growth, but they needed to organize to wrest their fair share from greedy corporations. Today, the Union’s task is exactly the same.
The Teamsters are known as the champion of freight drivers and warehouse workers, but have organized workers in virtually every occupation imaginable, both professional and non-professional, private sector and public sector.
Our 1.4 million members are public defenders in Minnesota; vegetable workers in California; sanitation workers in New York; brewers in St. Louis; newspaper workers in Seattle; construction workers in Las Vegas; zoo keepers in Pennsylvania; healthcare workers in Rhode Island; bakery workers in Maine; airline pilots, secretaries and police officers. Name the occupation and chances are we represent those workers somewhere.